Spears burst into the comedy scene at the age of 14, performing his fresh stand-up routines at local clubs in New York City. In 1987, the comedian’s popularity skyrocketed after his first TV appearances on Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam” on HBO, as well as his comedy act, which aired on “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.” Spears went on to continue his comedy career in Los Angeles, where he landed a role on NBC’s “A Different World,” and became a regular act at iconic comedy venues, including The Comedy Store, The Improv and Laugh Factory. Spears has also enjoyed major success as an actor with his roles in the movies “Home of Angels” and “Jerry Maguire.”
In 1997, Spears began appearing on Fox's sketch comedy series “MADtv,” where he also wrote sketches and created new hilarious characters for the shows, including Mother Love, The Klump Family and Talkin’ American. Spears appeared on the show for eight seasons, becoming one of the longest-serving cast members.
Spears teamed up with Damon Wayans in 2006 to create “The Underground,” a Showtime series reminiscent of the 1990s Emmy Award-winning comedy show “In Living Color.” The series featured a mix of recurring sketch characters, parodies and behind-the-scenes glimpses. Spears’ most recent stand-up special, the 2011 Showtime hit “Aries Spears: Hollywood, Look I’m Smiling,” offered his take on the hypocrisies of modern society.
About Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa is situated on more than 40 pristine acres within the Aliante master-planned community at Aliante Parkway and Interstate 215. The AAA Four Diamond resort was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016 and features more than 200 hotel rooms and suites; five signature restaurants; a 650-seat showroom; banquet facilities that can accommodate up to 1,100 people for weddings, conventions and other special events; more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space, a resort-style pool and a 3,500 square-foot spa. More information and reservation details can be found by calling 702.692.7777 or visiting www.aliantegaming.com. Follow Aliante on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram. Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 24 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com. Boyd Gaming and Aliante press releases are available at boydgaming.mediaroom.com.